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ERIC Number: EJ924542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
The Model-Based View of Scientific Theories and the Structuring of School Science Programmes
Develaki, Maria
Science & Education, v16 n7-8 p725-749 Aug 2007
Model theory in contemporary philosophy of science interprets scientific theories as sets of models, and contributes significantly to the understanding of the relation between theories, models, and the real world. The clarification of this relation is fundamental for the understanding of the nature of scientific methods and scientific knowledge and can contribute to the shaping of epistemologically pertinent educational models in science education. We initially present a reconstruction of the most important model-based contributions concerning mainly the nature, construction and the functions of theoretical models. Our interest focuses particularly on the theory structure scheme of the model-based view, which Ronald Giere explicitly formulated using as a paradigm the structuring of classical mechanical models, and which we extend to become a base for a structuring of basic quantum mechanical models. We consider this scheme to provide an adequate basis for the structuring of school science contents; and further propose in outline a way of structuring typical physics content, in which the topics are presented as theoretical models of the same theory, together with the modelling rules that led to their construction, and also some examples of their empirical application.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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